What do "Peepli Live" and "Delhi Belly" have in common? Aamir Khan. Unfortunately this movie is not an AK production. So while it has its heart in the right place, the body is somewhat misplaced.
"Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande" is a pseudo political averagely action-packed film. The story traces the journey of four youngsters who are the local goons in a village in the NCR and who ultimately find the right path to redemption. Parveen Dabbas makes his debut as a director and while he has always been a mediocre actor, he has delivered a finely crafted albeit an awkwardly scripted film. Most of the time the humor borders on being tame and tedious; and sometimes even logic goes for a toss. This is evident in the scene where the kidnapped son of the chief minister is made to dance while being let loose eventually leading to his escape. The characters too switch their accents between Bihari and what one could hope to be colloquial Haryanvi. The characterisation itself is very sketchy and you never ever care for let alone identify with any of them. This is suicidal considering the film is very youth-centric and we are no fools.
The last 20 minutes of the film redeem itself but the climax is really nothing to write home about. The actors, most of them relatively new, just about manage to pull through the 120 minutes. Anupam Kher is wasted in the film and god alone knows his reasons for doing it.
Do I recommend it? I don't know. Though I applaud Parveen Dabbas' debut venture for the sheer bravado of getting this film released, I would advice him to not act in his next film. He's not doing anyone a favor. I m going with three stars, half a star for Mr Dabbas' valiant although vapid venture.